Get outside! Fall festival season in full force

Blues, BBQ, Gumbo, Air, Sea, Land, Wooden Boats and much more

Don Ames
October 12, 2018 - 6:12 am

It's the first fall weekend that actually feels like fall. 

Fall is in the air and there are festivals everywhere this weekend. One of them actually takes place in the air. 

The WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival includes live flying demonstrations and tours of some of history's greatest military aircraft.

"We'll have Japanese Zeros doing flyovers. And you'll also be able to actually step inside some of these planes and see what it was like," says Michelle Moore with the National WWII Museum.

"You can step inside a B-29 Super Fortress, see up close and personal the P-51 Mustang. There'll be WWII era entertainment, as well," she says.

"It's living history," says Moore.

The annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival began before barbecue was big in New Orleans.

"And now, we have so many people applying for food booths that we don't have room for everybody that wants to participate."

But, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Jazz spokesman, Scott Aiges, says they've been able to accommodate the best.

"Including many favorites that people from Jazz Fest, like the cochon de lait po-boy and Vaucresson's crawfish sausage. Some great food at the fest. It's the only true barbecue event in New Orleans."

And, the music promises to be just as tasty as the barbecue, with performances by some of the best blues artists in the business performing on two stages in Lafayette Square. 


Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Oct. 12-14
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the 13th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, in Lafayette Square. With performances by Samantha Fish, Jimmie Vaughan, Shemekia Copeland, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and many more. Plus the best barbecue in the South and a huge arts market. Free admission.

Bridge City Gumbo Festival
Oct. 12-14
In 1973, Governor Edwin Edwards proclaimed Bridge City, LA the "Gumbo Capital of the World" which began the annual celebration of the Gumbo Festival. From humble beginnings, the festival has grown into one of the most popular festivals in Louisiana.
Grounds of Holy Guardian Angels Church
1701 Bridge City Avenue,
Bridge City, LA 70094

WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival
Oct. 12-14
Times: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: New Orleans Lakefront Airport
The “Greatest Generation” and World War II history are commemorated at this truly unique festival, honoring heroes and their machines. Guests can get up close and personal with some of history's greatest military aircrafts. Tours and live flying demonstrations are just a few of the treats.

Gentilly Fest
Oct. 12 - 14
With four stages of live music ranging from zydeco to jazz, Gentilly Fest truly has something for everybody. This annual fest, benefitting the growth of the Gentilly area, features food, games, music, and a gospel tent. Performers include Rebirth Brass Band, Michael Ward, Partners-N-Crime, Batiste Fathers & Sons and others, and there’s a kids’ village, food, crafts and health screenings.
Pontchartrain Park, 5701 Press Drive;

Voice of the Wetlands Festival
Oct 12-14
The 14th annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival includes three days of musical performances best enjoyed with one of the several Cajun dishes the festival has to offer. Proceeds benefit environmental and cultural charities.
The Ponderosa- 5403 West Park Ave. Houma, LA

Louisiana Gumbo Festival
Oct. 12-14
Location: Chackbay Festival Grounds
The Louisiana Gumbo Festival in Chackbay brings Louisiana residents together through their shared love of gumbo. Come enjoy amusement park rides, food, and fun and watch as the 2018 Louisiana Gumbo Festival Queen is crowned.

Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival
Oct. 13-14
Presented by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, this premier family event attracts over one hundred classic boats, hundreds of spectator boats, and wooden boat and music enthusiasts for this two-day celebration. Great food, live music, Children’s activities, Arts and Crafts, Classic Car Cruise-In, and the Quick'n Dirty Boat Building Contest on Sunday! 
Mulberry & Water Streets along the Tchefuncte River
Madisonville, LA 70477
 (985) 845-9200

Westbank Heritage Festival
Oct. 13-14
The 2018 Westbank Heritage Festival returns to Westwego's Alario Center, starring Juvenile, Partners-N-Crime (PNC), Raheem DeVaughn, Tucka, Donell Jones, DJ Captain Charles, Amanda Shaw, Shamarr Allen and Denisia. The festival will be hosted by Downtown Lesli Brown and Gralen Banks.
Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd.;

Oktoberfest New Orleans
Oct. 12-13, 19-20
Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest
The local version of the German harvest festival includes oompah music and dancing, Dachshund races, a beer stein-holding contest, German beer, wine and food and more.
Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St.;

Carnaval Latino
Oct. 13
The celebration of Latin music, food, art and culture. Musical artists from several Latin American countries reflect the rich cultural diversity of Carnaval Latino and offer attendees a musical tour without ever leaving the city. Several popular local bands also perform during the fest. This year, the Latino celebration starts with Latin Rhythms at Washington Square in the Faubourg Marigny Historic District

Covington Fall for Art
Oct. 13
Art galleries open new shows and businesses stay open late in the neighborhood event in downtown Covington.
N. Columbia and Boston streets, Covington

Snout by Snoutwest Music and Puppy Fest 
Oct. 14 
Jefferson SPCA presents Snout by Snoutwest Music and Puppy Fest This Sunday 11-4 at 2701 Lapalco Blvd in Harvey 11am-4pm.
a fun-for-all-ages event which includes activities, games, live music, delicious local cuisine.

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